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Author:  epic [ Thu May 08, 2008 1:11 pm ]
Post subject:  Nintendo Wii Fit told 10 year old girl she was fat

http://wii.gamespy.com/wii/wii-fit/872341p1.html

Author:  wickedrache [ Thu May 08, 2008 2:05 pm ]
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GRAAAAAAAAH!!!!

This article makes me want to pitch things at other things.

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"The real question is whether or not it's useful for the software to mince words. To put it another way, is it OK for Wii Fit to tell us we're fat if we are indeed fat? And would it be less effective an aid for self-improvement if it were to sugarcoat this bitter pill?"


You know what? If we had a sensible attitude about the word "fat" in this culture, then it WOULD be okay. It would be an observation. You're skinny. I'm fat. It's all relative. I'm not obese, I'm not unhealthy, neither are you, we all just weigh what we weigh because our bodies said "Hey, yes, that's how much insulation/bone/muscle mass I'd like to sustain to keep me running at optimal efficiency. Thank you."

I went to Ghana for several months in 2006 and got told I was "fat" on multiple occasions. I am not the things that our culture associates with fat (grotesque, disgusting, inactive, lazy, greedy, stupid, unhealthy...except for reasons that have to do with starvation, and not my body fat percentage) however, I am not skinny. I'm not even thin, particularly. I am in fact what some people in our culture - people with sick BMI/propaganda/Television-stained, borderline 'disordered' minds - would call fat. I am, to look at, what better adapted people would call average, fit, healthy. Even reasonably muscular, relatively speaking. (treeplanting prerequisite)

If you were to resolutely fail to
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'mince words'
with me, you would tell me that. If you were to take at their word the BMI and a culture that literally and economically thrives on telling its constituents that they are sub-par...you would tell me I was fat.

I'm going to go find that BMI slideshow and post it on this dumbass's wall.

I'm not saying I entirely believe everything that I just wrote. Not yet. I just happen to know it's true.

I also happen at this very moment to be writing a little essay about the impact of these kinds of pressures on highly socialised children/individuals...taking into account research that showed eating disordered people to be off-the-charts more highly socialised (attune to what is expected of them, an evolutionary feature that allowes people to coexist/interact more smoothly) than other people.

Anyway.

So his wife's exercise brings her no joy, and is a "ritual", and she "took rather well" the news that she, too, was "Fat", eh?

Goodthing they didn't sugar coat that pill.

Author:  jojo10 [ Thu May 08, 2008 5:47 pm ]
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wow, that's awful...if that had happened to me when I was 10, all of this might have started even sooner than it did.

wickedrache wrote:
I'm not saying I entirely believe everything that I just wrote. Not yet. I just happen to know it's true.


and that is so true...

Author:  TomoeMichieru [ Mon May 19, 2008 11:59 pm ]
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I really don't think people need to be looking to a video game for advice on whether they're healthy or not. Just a thought.

And yes, I think this whole thing is complete bollocks. What the Hell, Nintendo. I mean, I can kinda understand what they're trying to do, but this is a bad way to go about it.

Author:  ArielleLee [ Tue May 20, 2008 10:02 pm ]
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Good Lord, what is happening in this world?

Author:  Moli [ Tue Aug 05, 2008 4:39 am ]
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Holy crap. That is just retarded

Author:  fukuana [ Tue Aug 05, 2008 5:20 am ]
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I support children getting healthy exercise, but perhaps as a parent/grandparent the (grand)mother should have done a little research about the body focused product she was allowing her 10 yr old susceptible daughter to use. She clearly doesn't approve of societies pressures and messages, but as a consumer bought into the propaganda that flabbergasts her.

It's sadly ignorant that "fitness programs" are still using BMI calculations to categorize people. But to me even sadder that a little girl is using it for fun or exercise, when a swing or jump rope could provide the same benefits of wii fit..minus the body critique.

Author:  Recovery Warrior [ Tue Aug 05, 2008 11:25 am ]
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I just wanted to put out there that this paticular model was taken off the store shelves a couple of weeks ago...

Author:  fukuana [ Tue Aug 05, 2008 11:40 am ]
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i wonder in what way the updated version differs?

Author:  anna valentina [ Thu Aug 07, 2008 3:59 pm ]
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fukuana wrote:
i wonder in what way the updated version differs?


probably gives "useful" advices, like those teen magazines that publish pro ana sites.

Author:  iwant2fly [ Wed Nov 12, 2008 1:15 am ]
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its horrid that they think its going to make a person feel good to get on a work out machine or a game to be told bow bow ur overwieght...did you hear about the promotion the had "hold your wee for nintendo wii?" a woman ended up dying from drinking to much water (aim of the game was drink heaps of water and try not to go to the br) she even complained that she didn't feel well and the guys running the show laughted at her...

Author:  Wolf [ Wed Nov 12, 2008 5:19 am ]
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iwant2fly wrote:
aim of the game was drink heaps of water and try not to go to the br

What´s this supposed to be good for? Drinking water is healthy, but not in every amount. And I don´t understand why she wasn´t allowed to go to the br, that makes no sense.

Author:  iwant2fly [ Wed Nov 12, 2008 7:04 am ]
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Wolf wrote:
iwant2fly wrote:
aim of the game was drink heaps of water and try not to go to the br

What´s this supposed to be good for? Drinking water is healthy, but not in every amount. And I don´t understand why she wasn´t allowed to go to the br, that makes no sense.


The contest was called "hold you wee for a nintendo Wii" the last person to go to the br won the nintendo

Author:  Seekingnewpastures [ Wed Nov 12, 2008 8:51 am ]
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^^ How bizarre... I just happened to have been reading about that on cracked.com last night.

Author:  belle [ Wed Nov 12, 2008 1:33 pm ]
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This article makes me want to pitch things at other things.


yeah, like the wii fit at the window.


i like the idea of the wii fit - your own personal trainer there whenever you want - but it shouldn't be looking at the bmi of a child. they're still growing, we still grow most of the way through our teens, so weight is all over the place then. for a child, it should be about having fun. although how a computer game is more fun then being outside playing games with friends is something i don't quite understand.

if a child is severely overweight, then you need to do something to change it. it's not fair to let a child continue life like that when it is already a serious threat to their health. but that girl was perfectly fine, her grandmother says in the article.

stuff like this makes me so angry! what gives the wii the right to say someone is overweight or not anyway - it's a little square of plastic and metal (rather similar to the scales, really).

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